Located right in London, Big Ben has long been a pride of the people of England. Every year, Big Ben still attracts millions of visitors each year. And every time the sun goes down, the Big Ben clock tower is illuminated on four clock faces so that anyone from afar can still admire its beauty.
Big Ben clock tower is 157 years old this year
The Big Ben clock tower is part of Charles Barry’s design. The tower is designed in Victorian Gothic style and is 96.3 m high. The first 61-meter design of the structure was a clock tower, including brick-covered bricks. The rest of the tower’s height is a cast iron pyramid structure. The foundation is 15 x 15 m wide, 3 m thick concrete and 7 m deep underground. Tower weight 9553 tons. Four 55 meter high watch faces on the ground. Due to the condition of the ground since its construction up to now, the tower is slightly inclined to the northwest about 0.26 degrees.
When the tower was completed, the four clock faces were original colors of yellow and cobalt blue. However, in the 1930s, the four dials were painted in the black and gold we see in recent years. Up to now, Big Ben is 157 years old, ringing every 15 minutes and emitting an alarm when every new hour passes.
The real name of the Big Ben clock tower
Actually Big Ben full name is Clock Tower – Palace of Westminster. This is a clock tower structure on the northeast side of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England. The tower is also mistakenly called St. Stephen’s Tower.
Big Ben clock tower was renamed in 2012
On June 4, 2012, Big Ben was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower on the occasion of the Diamond Vedic Celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. However, perhaps the name Big Ben is still more popular today.
Big Ben will not ring until 2021
In the remodeling plan of the Big Ben clock tower, the clock frame will be disassembled and meticulously tested and repaired each gear. The four watch faces will be refurbished and cleaned. The frames of the four dials will be repainted and three 4.2 meter long hands will be completely replaced. In addition, the entire cast iron roof of the clock tower was removed for repairs.